The women’s Argentina Open was officially presented

The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club is the host of 90 players looking for a place in the Argentina Women’s Open, a WTA tournament that returns to the country after 34 years. This Wednesday the official presentation of the contest was held there, with the presence of the organizers, leaders of the Argentine Tennis Association, former players and the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Matias Lammens, who provided their expectations on it. On Ole We tell you all the details about this new WTA 125.

Labat, Jaite, Lammens and Calleri, present at the Lawn Tennis (photo @argentinaopen)

The tournament will undoubtedly be a special attraction for the world of Argentine women’s tennis, which asks and demands progress in the development of the sport. Because it is no longer enough to idolize great figures like Norma Baylon, Gabriela Sabatini, Paola Suarez O Gisela Dulko– to name just a few-, but there is no better way than to continue that legacy with the growth of the discipline and that more and more girls approach a tennis court and choose that path. But for this, opportunities are necessary and this event wants to be one of them.

Sabatini, the last winner of the WTA tournament in Argentina, left her message remotely (photo @argentinaopen)

Sabatini, the last winner of the WTA tournament in Argentina, left her message remotely (photo @argentinaopen)

“We are very happy to be able to accompany this tournament. Having the possibility of being on the international calendar of the women’s circuit is very important”, Lammens began at the presentation press conference, accompanied by the former top ten and current tournament director, Martin Jaite; the president of the AAT, Agustin Calleri; and the member of the board of directors and former tennis player, Florence Labat.

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“Hopefully we have a great tournament, that many Argentine girls can qualify and whatever happens with the result, we can continue it for many years”said Lammens on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, which provides support through Visit Argentina, the brand that promotes the country around the world. “It is a bet that has two purposes: to promote the development of women’s tennis – which for us was a pending quota – and also to give the possibility of, through this tournament, show Buenos Aires to the world. Position Argentina as a place hosting major sporting events is one of the objectives of our Ministry. That is why we are very happy to present this tournament, “said Minister Lammens at the meeting.”

Lammens, present at the Lawn Tennis

Lammens, present at the Lawn Tennis

In addition to expressing the idea that in the future ‘Argentina will be one of the main venues for major sporting events on the continent’, the former president of San Lorenzo also focused on the importance of growth and investment in women’s sports: “To do this type of tournaments is to put on an equal footing, to give possibilities to all the girls from all over the country. And it is to recover a little the tradition that women’s tennis has in Argentina”

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“The possibility that this tournament represents for Argentine tennis players is enormous, I hope that the girls can take advantage of it and serve for the integral growth of women’s tennis in Argentina”, said Labat, who experienced the circuit in the first person and was able to occupy the 26th place in the international Ranking. “I’m sure it will be the beginning of something beautiful for women’s tennis in Argentina”Jaite closed.

How is the tournament?

Pre-qualy and Qualy

The pre-classification takes place at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, with free entry, with access through gate 4 (Valentín Alsina and Agustín Méndez). There, a total of 90 players -of which 65% are juniors- they will look for the wild card for the big tournament. The final of this pre-qualy will be this Sunday 10 (it can be seen on the TyC Sports Play screen from 11.30 am) and the champion will get an invitation to the main draw, while the runner-up will receive an invitation to the qualy, of 16 tennis players, to be played on Sunday, October 31.

Podoroska, among the participants

The main draw will be made up of 16 pairs of doubles and 32 players in singles, in which the presence of the best Argentine of today, Rosario, stands out. Nadia Podoroska, who received a Wild Card because his high Ranking (36th) did not qualify for entry. Another Argentine who won the invitation card is the 17-year-old from Mar del Plata Solana Sierra, after his good performance in the last US Open Junior (semi-finalist). In the same way, the leader of the Junior Ranking, the Andorran Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva and it is still waiting for the vacancy of the Pre-Tournament champion and one more card, which the organization will give to an Argentine, as confirmed in the last hours.

Podoroska will be one of the Argentine representatives (photo REUTER)

Podoroska will be one of the Argentine representatives (photo REUTER)

The list of those classified so far

The other Top 100 that will present in Buenos Aires is the Egyptian Mayar Sherif (72 °); while there will be five more Top 150 players: the Romanian Irina Bara (114 °), the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia (115 °), the Mexican Renata Zarazua (118 °) and the Hungarian Anna Bondar (135 °) and Panna Udvardy (143 °). Here is the complete list:

The participants of the main draw of the Argentina Women's Open (photo: argentinaopentennis.com)

The participants of the main draw of the Argentina Women’s Open (photo: argentinaopentennis.com)

Awards

The tournament will be televised for all of Latin America and will distribute 115,000 dollars in prizes and the champion will obtain 160 points for the ranking of the WTA. What’s more, the trophy will be presented by the historic and former world number 4, Norma Baylon, as Jaite announced. “It is my wish that many more championships will be born from this championship, and many more Sabatini,” she said excitedly at BALTC.

Norma Baylon, former World N4, will present the WTA Argentina Open trophy to the winner (photo @argentinaopen)

Norma Baylon, former World N4, will present the WTA Argentina Open trophy to the winner (photo @argentinaopen)

Tickets

The WTA 125 will take place from October 31 to November 7, with a capacity of 50%. The pre-sale of tickets began this Wednesday, through Ticketek, with values ​​ranging from $ 700 (general) to $ 10,000 (box) per day. As of Wednesday 20, the localities will have an increase of 20%.

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The gradual return of the public to the shows after the break for the Covid-19 It has raised all kinds of concerns regarding non-compliance with protocols, especially on soccer fields. However, Lammens is betting that regulatory and control measures will improve throughout these months, as well as the situation of the pandemic, so he was encouraged to say that for the ATP 250 Argentina Open (end of February – early March), there would be total presence: “It is difficult to forecast, but I think that by February we will be able to have 100% capacity, because also the fact that it is outdoors always helps.”

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